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Orange vests, litter grabbers, and buckets —everything you need for an August cleanup.

Beach Cleanups!

COVID-19 UPDATE: Starting June 1st, we have announced new cleanup guidelines for individuals to conduct solo beach clean ups as long as local governing bodies allow for public beach access….We have also postponed all in-person activities including beach cleanups until further notice.

It is crucial that we still log data to track pollution on our beaches, you can help us by doing a solo beach cleanup logging your data using the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell App. Questions? Email

Remember to log the data under the Group Name: Surfrider Ventura

With Clean Swell, simply “Start Collecting” trash wherever you are around the world and the data you collect will instantaneously upload to Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database. These data deliver a global snapshot of ocean trash, providing researchers and policy-makers insight to inform solutions

Stay tuned to our Instagram and newsletter for further updates. Thank you!

Beach Cleanups (On Hold)

Surfrider hosts beach cleanups at two locations in Ventura County:

California Street (C-Street), next to the Ventura Pier:

  • Hosted the 4th Saturday of each month
  • Look for our tent on the promenade between Aloha Steakhouse and the Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • In 2019, 2,624 volunteers picked up 4,410 lbs. of trash including 26,950 cigarette butts

Ormond Beach (end of Perkins Road or end of Arnold Road), Oxnard:

  • Dates are seasonal. These typically occur from October-February to avoid disturbing nesting shorebirds. Learn more about the nesting endangered shorebirds on Ormond Beach here
  • To date, we have remove 30,397 lbs of trash with the help of 774 volunteers!
    • In 2020 alone, 719 volunteers have come to Ormond and removed over 19,975 lbs of trash 
  • Check out our Coastal Cleanup event at Ormond Beach here

Most of the items collected at beach cleanups are plastic that don’t truly biodegrade. It is important to host cleanups because we want to help protect the coastal wildlife that we love! Below you will find what to wear, our liability waiver form, where to park, and the 2020 scheduled beach cleanups.

For all beach cleanups, please wear:

  • comfortable clothes
  • closed toed shoes
  • sunscreen

Please remember to bring your own water and snacks

All volunteers are welcome to participate, but must sign a liability waiver:

*If you are attending a beach cleanup at California Street/Surfers’ Point, print and sign the liability waiver found here.

*If you are attending a beach cleanup at Ormond Beach, print and sign this liability waiver found here

*Pre-­registration is not required unless your group is larger than 25 people.* If you plan on bringing a group larger than 25, please email us with how many people you expect at:

Volunteers under 18 MUST have a parent or guardian present at the beginning of the cleanup to sign a liability waiver before the minor can participate. You can download the waiver again, here. We will provide all supplies, but volunteers are always welcome to bring their own work gloves, trash bag/bucket, and/or reusable water bottle to reduce waste.

Please be prepared to fill out a data card of all the trash you pick up. We need this information to help find solutions for the main sources of trash on our beaches! Check out what we found in 2015 and 2016.

Here is some more information about the most common sources of microplastics and plastic pollution, check it out before you go to log your data!

Thank you for your interest in helping keep our beaches clean. Look for the Surfrider tent when you arrive at a beach cleanup to check in!

*If there is weather such as heavy rain or strong winds, we will post any cancellation updates to our Facebook page here.*


March 22th 2021: Ormond Island off Perkins Road – 9AM-­12PM *Sign up limited to 50 people, email or to join

Click Here is you are interested in hosting a private cleanup for your business or group.

Where to park at California Street – The Surfrider tent and check in is located where C Street meets the Promenade. The Crowne Plaza Hotel has graciously offered free valet parking for volunteers! Please mention Surfrider beach cleanup when you arrive and tip when you leave.

Additional parking is available at the multi-level parking structure, but they charge and we don’t validate. There are a couple of free parking options within a short walk. The free parking on Paseo De Playa often fills up quickly, but the free parking off Front St. typically has space, then you can take the walking bridge over the freeway to the promenade.

May 2021

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • SBCK Stream Team
  • VC Surfrider General Meeting : Virtual until further notice
  • Virtual Hands Across the Sand - Film Night and Panel Discussion
  • No California Street/Promenade Beach Cleanups Until Further Notice:
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